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Contemporary Bioethics MA/ PGDip/ PGCert

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Full time | University of Sussex | 1 year | SEP-23

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Full time


1 year

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Qualification type

MA - Master of Arts

Subject areas

Medical Ethics Biology

Course type


Course Summary


The programme brings together experts from many disciplines within BSMS to deliver a vibrant programme offering a contemporary and critical approach to bioethics.

The course will address core issues in bioethics whilst also considering the frameworks and structures which shape bioethical discourse, including gender, coloniality, and global health. As such the course will empower students to engage with the bioethical challenges that medical, scientific, technological, and social changes will present in the future.


  • Current issues and approaches in bioethics research
  • Feminist and anti-colonial bioethics
  • Solidarity in bioethics and society
  • Global bioethics
  • Ethical issues at the beginning and end of life
  • Philosophy and health


The course has been specifically designed for students seeking advanced training and education in both theoretical and applied bioethics.

It will be of significant value to those who wish to continue their bioethical and philosophical education, either in preparation for a PhD programme, or as a terminal degree. The course will also serve those working and training in the medical, scientific and allied professions.

As a course in Contemporary Bioethics, this programme pays particular attention to the systemic and structural issues which have shaped traditional bioethics discourse. Against this background students will also be schooled in the tools of theoretical analysis needed to analyse emerging and novel bioethical issues. Graduates of the course will be well placed to deliver ethically and theoretically robust research and professional practice. They will also be able to contribute effectively to increasingly complex public and professional debates regarding the future of scientific and medical advance and global health and well-being.

This course will be jointly validated by the University of Brighton and the University of Sussex. Students can also exit with PGDip and PGCert awards.


Feminist and Anti-Colonial Bioethics (30 Credits) - Core
Current Issues and Approaches in Bioethics Research (30 Credits) - Core
Solidarity in Bioethics and Society (30 Credits)
Current Issues in Bioethics Research (30 Credits)
Dissertation (60 Credits)
Global Bioethics (30 Credits)
Ethical Issues at the Beginning and End of Life (30 Credits)

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Entry requirements

First or upper second-class undergraduate honours degree in a relevant subject or equivalent.